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The Darkest Minds Reviews

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August 15, 2018
This is dull, dull stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
August 14, 2018
It's very derivative...and takes a long time to get going. But it does just about get there, helped by attractive lead performances from Amandla Stenberg and Harris Dickinson and a refreshingly 'colour-blind' take on adolescent love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 13, 2018
There is some violence but younger teens should enjoy it. However, it doesn't feel like it will spawn a frenzied following.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 11, 2018
Elevated by its dynamic leading lady Amandla Stenberg (with corkscrew curls & flawless complexion), the film effectively sucks us into its dystopian reality and keeps us engaged. In fact, the film is much more enjoyable than its elements might suggest.
August 10, 2018
The Darkest Minds was a good film and very much: what you see is what you get.
August 8, 2018
It's visually and emotionally warm and it's refreshing to see a story that's both timely (children caged by their government and abandoned by their elders) and ultimately optimistic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 7, 2018
Because of [the] parallels to our own tumultuous society, I will call the makers of "The Darkest Minds" prescient observers of our time.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 5, 2018
[It] may be the launch of a new franchise or not, but stories about teens struggling to make sense of the world they find themselves in will continue to find an audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 3, 2018
Although the film's ending is relatively open-ended, [director Jennifer] Yuh Nelson's message of mobilization is an urgent message, specifically for a young audience, which it goes to great lengths to understand and serve.
August 3, 2018
Fills the teen and young adult aimed dystopian movie series void. Predictable but fun enough to recommend. How good it really is will depend on sequels 2 and 3.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 3, 2018
Even... rushing through a story better articulated in the book, the filmmakers demonstrate that neither they nor this adaptation can be easily written off.
August 3, 2018
The film's bittersweet conclusion is strong enough to provide real narrative impetus for the inevitable sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 3, 2018
The Darkest Minds is a solid enough dystopian sci-fi YA adaptation, elevated by Amandla Stenberg's performance, but it won't revive this film trend.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 3, 2018
With each passing day our depressing present begins to resemble dystopian future more and more, so The Darkest Minds may benefit from timing more than actual profundity.
August 2, 2018
There's no attempt to break the genre mold here; The Darkest Minds all but embraces its obvious influences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 2, 2018
THE DARKEST MINDS feels like it perhaps should have come out five years ago. However, it is one of the better examples of the many generic YA feature film adaptations that have hit theatres since 2008.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
August 2, 2018
So far as this particular brand of genre fare is concerned, The Darkest Minds is a middling but almost worthy example.
August 2, 2018
As a franchise-starter for another YA fantasy series, it's likely doomed. But on its individual merits, it's a pretty good movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
August 2, 2018
Although ridden with clichés, The Darkest Minds finds a way into viewer's hearts through the interaction between the talented young leads
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
July 31, 2018
Looks a heck of a lot like other superhero movies and YA adaptations, and it's loaded with a ton of on-the-nose metaphors for youthful oppression. But if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
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